John E. Clopper Sr., 79

NOV. 1, 1932-SEPT. 7, 2012

September 08, 2012
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John Edward Clopper Sr., 79, of 12810 Kending Lane in Clear Spring, Md., passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center.

Born Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1932, in Clear Spring, he was the son of the late Harry C. Clopper and Ruth M. Miller Clopper.

He was a manager for Grand Union Grocery Store and later became the franchise owner of a 7-Eleven store in Prince George’s County. He also owned C&R Liquors and Dairy Queen on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, Md.

He was a member of the board of directors for the Wilson Ruritan.

He had been a member of the Berwyn Rod and Gun Club, Funkstown Lions Club, the Board of Directors Paint Rock Outfitters and the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Council.

He also served in the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Irene Ellen Clopper of Clear Spring; six children, Karen Gonzalez, John Clopper Jr. and wife, Angie, Danny Kending and wife, Kay, Ellen Hudson, Marty Kending and wife, Barbara, and Crystal Bona and husband, John. He is survived by his sister, Betty J. Reed of Hancock, Md.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Clopper Sr.; son-in-law, Robert Hudson; sister, Helen M. LeNeve; and brother, Harry J. Clopper.

He is also survived by 18 grandchildren. Karen’s children are Gregg Clopper and wife, Dina; John Jr.’s children are John Clopper III and wife, Michelle, Jenny Clopper and Joey Clopper; Danny’s children are Dan Kending and wife, Tiffany; Robert’s children are Monique Airasian and husband, Andrew, Kristen Martin, William McCracken and wife, Nicole, Robert Clopper Jr. and Keren Clopper; Ellen’s children are Melanie Snyder and husband, Jeff, Brian Hudson and wife, Jamie, Deanna Hudson and Kaitlyn Hudson; Marty’s child is Kyle Toms; and Crystal’s children are Crystal N. Lacerda and husband, Raphael, Cyndi Maroskos and Christopher Bona.

Also surviving are his 24 great-grandchildren. Gregg’s children are Brooke and Maddie Clopper; John III’s children are John Clopper IV and Ian Clopper; Joey’s children are Shiane and Joseph Clopper; Dan’s children are Trinity, Pheonix and Jaxen Kending, and Jaden Reed; Monique’s children are Andrew and Augustine Airasian; William’s children are Leah McCraken, Trinitee and Shyanne Tomlensen; Melanie’s children are Lucas, Abigayle and Aaron Snyder; Brian’s children are Morghann and Skyler Culp, and Bobby and Emily Hudson; and Crystal N.’s children are Ayden and Gabriel Lacerda.

Services will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Evangel Baptist Church, 17922 Broadfording Road, Hagerstown, with the Rev. Ron Faith officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Clear Spring.

The family will receive friends today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clear Spring Fire Department, ATTN: Stage Fund, P.O. Box 400, Clear Spring, MD 21722; or Star Equestrian Center, 13757 Broadfording Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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